Yet another self-goal by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has once again embarrassed his party in Kerala, from where he is a sitting Member of Parliament.
For a programme that his party actually boycotted, Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi went ahead and sent a letter of appreciation to the Kerala government, leaving many red faces in the Congress.
The Kerala government, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), had organised Loka Kerala Sabha summit. The summit was an event to apparently bring Keralites living across the globe under one platform.
However, the state Congress unit had boycotted the event. But Rahul Gandhi either was unaware or did not care for the loca unit’s sentiment.
In a letter to the Kerala chief minister, Rahul wrote: “I congratulate the members of the Malayalee diaspora for their phenomenal success and for being worthy ambassadors of the (Kerala) state. The Loka Kerala Sabha is a great platform to connect with the diaspora and recognise their contribution.” The letter is dated December 12, 2019.
Thank you Shri. Rahul Gandhi for your warm greetings to the Loka Kerala Sabha (@LokaKeralaSabha).— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) January 2, 2020
In his message, @RahulGandhi opined that "the Loka Kerala Sabha is a great platform to connect with the diaspora, and recognize their contribution." pic.twitter.com/3G4KYMSllc
The Congress-led United Democratic Front had alleged that the state government was splurging heavily amidst the economic slowdown. In fact, the leader of the Opposition in Kerala, Ramesh Chennithala, had resigned from the post of vice president of Loka Kerala Sabha.
But the appreciation letter from the former Congress president has hugely embarrassed the Congress leaders and workers in Kerala and took the wind out of their sails.
In a not-so-subtle move to rub it in, the Kerala chief minister tweeted Rahul Gandhi’s letter.
Recently, during a rally in Assam, Rahul had inadvertently campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party by saying that the peace (ahinsa) would prevail in the state if the ruling dispensation comes back to power.
His repeated gaffes have been used by the other parties as a stick to beat up his party with.